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Bamileke Bangwa ritual rattle (N° 21268)

The rich production of African art among the people of the Cameroonian Grassland is illustrated mainly by traditional wood carvings: commemorative sculptures of kings, queens, princesses and titled servants, as well as the parents of twins.
Within the large Bamileke people in western Cameroon, the Bangwa constitute a small kingdom consisting of nine chiefdoms. The influence of the Bamileke on the Bangwa statuary is notable for relatively comparable facial features and morphology.
Typical of Bamileke country, Bangwa statues often represent fertility but also power and fighting spirit. This male figure is indeed camped on bent knees, arms spread from the bust. This dynamic position announces a ritual dance, a calabash in one hand. The figure is adorned with noble attributes, such as a necklace and bracelets. The basketry rattles are filled with seeds, the rattling of which accompanied traditional ceremonies. Glossy oiled patina.  

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OriginColl. belge Pr. Jan Putteneers
EthnyBangwa
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, vannerie
Height31
Width14
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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